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U.S. News: VMI Among Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges

FullTextImage/img/@altCol. Grigg Mullen teaches a class in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. -- VMI File Photo by John Robertson IV.

LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 10, 2013 – Virginia Military Institute retained its standing among the best national public liberal arts colleges and in the top tier of all liberal arts colleges, private as well as public, as ranked in the latest U.S. News and World Report

VMI was ranked fourth in the list of public liberal arts colleges, behind the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. VMI held the No. 1 position in this category for six years before the federal service academies were reclassified in 2007.

Among all public and private liberal arts colleges, VMI was ranked No. 65, up from the No. 70 spot it held last year.

“VMI continues in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges,” said Brig. Gen. R. Wane Schneiter, deputy superintendent and dean of the faculty. “Our faculty and staff is dedicated to excellence. We focus on a relatively small number of excellent majors, a rigorous core curriculum, and complementary academic enrichment programs like honors and undergraduate research. That translates into an outstanding education for our cadets.”

The rankings are based on such factors as a college’s reputation as rated by academic leaders nationally; the retention of students; class size; the quality of the faculty; the quality of students; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and the alumni giving rate.

Among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree, VMI was ranked No. 33, down from the No. 25 spot it held last year. The rankings in the engineering category are based exclusively on the reputation of the program.

The Institute was also included in the unranked list of A-Plus Schools for B Students among national liberal arts colleges. The listing evaluates the quality of the school’s academic program and the academic profile of admitted students.

In July, Forbes magazine ranked VMI among the top tier of colleges and universities nationally, placing VMI at No. 87 among the 650 Top Colleges in America. And in August, VMI was ranked first in ROTC participation among 255 liberal arts colleges in Washington Monthly College Guide 2013 rankings.